By James Udden
Hou Hsiao-hsien is arguably the main celebrated Chinese-language movie director within the overseas movie competition realm. notwithstanding, this isn't because of an inert cultural culture a lot as to various historical/contextual factors―most of all his being from Taiwan―which jointly clarify the accomplishments of Hou.
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Maybe he was on a boat on the Indian Ocean. Or in an Alaskan snow cave, wearing beaver pelts and eating whale meat. He'd be back, I thought, to tell me all about it. Soon I lost my only other potential friend, a girl named Gretchen who was new that year and had found herself eating lunch with me every day — and Cameron, when he was there — the way new kids would before they figured out who the outcasts were. I'm glad Cameron moved, she said one day. He was weird. No he wasn't. Yes, he was. I didn't like him hanging around us.
I just don't know. Then one day at recess Matt Bradshaw told me that Cameron had died. The story was that he and his family had ended up in San Jose, California, where he always got into fights at his new school. That wasn't hard to believe, given the way he'd fought Matt more than once and stuck up for me with Jordana. Matt said Cam's enemies dared him to jump off the school roof, and he did. They said his jump cleared the school yard and he landed in the street. A car was coming; it ran over him.
Yes, he was. I didn't like him hanging around us. She picked up her cafeteria fork, prissy and delicate, with a sideways glance toward Jordana, trying to impress her. You don't know anything about Cameron, I said to Gretchen. So don't act like you do. Sor-ry. I didn't know he was your boyfriend. She looked at her lunch tray. Did you take my brownie? You want to be friends with Jordana? Go ahead. I'd picked up my food and walked off to sit alone. Later I took Gretchen's brownie out of my jacket pocket, picked the lint off, and ate that, too.